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Kalimon- Ukraine? Help or pointers on finding records.

  • 04 November 2020 3:15 PM
    Reply # 9344901 on 9340854

    Thanks Barb!  I will give them a call and see if they are able to provide any information.  I will fill out the form shortly and send.


  • 04 November 2020 1:14 PM
    Reply # 9344772 on 9340854

    I would start with St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church to see if you can get firm dates to help you move forward.  Since it seems your immigrant ancestor came in the late 1890's, there may be no records if the church was constructed later but you have nothing to lose.

    St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church, 610 Hansen St., Lyndora, PA 16045 - 724-283-6230.

    I came across a picture which can be found at


    Filling out the form Sharon mentioned will help us greatly.  It will give us a better idea of what you know and what you have already searched.  This will save time for the researchers and we appreciate that.

  • 03 November 2020 9:44 PM
    Reply # 9343704 on 9340854

    Hi Jessica, (Kalimon, Ukraine)

        If you would be willing to complete the Genealogy Rusyn Ancesotr Request Form on the Genealogy face page under resources and send back to me shangp@rcn.com. that would be so helpful.  Any information you know will guide us to resources to help you in your research.

    Thank you,


  • 03 November 2020 6:55 PM
    Reply # 9343535 on 9340854

    Sharon,  Thank you very much!  My aunts and uncles are excited that someone is finally looking into this research.  Until 3 weeks ago- they didn't even know their grandmothers name!  With the little bit of clues I have found- his death announcement listed he lived in the rear of the Lyndora hotel in Butler.  My dad and aunt confirmed that was indeed correct as their dad always pointed it out as they drove by.   Jessica

  • 03 November 2020 9:48 AM
    Reply # 9342413 on 9340854

    re Kalimon-Ukraine research


    Welcome to the forum

    As you have found this family research is very exciting and you will be continuously surprised at the twists and turns and what you find about your background. 

      I am going to send your info to several of the researchers on this site and lets see what happens. 


  • 02 November 2020 1:46 PM
    Message # 9340854

    So excited to find this group and join as a member.  I finally sat down to start a family tree 3 weeks ago.  My grandmother died last year and I needed to start before I forget anything and my aunts and uncles are all up in years.  In doing my research on my dad's family (Kalimon) I ran into many many issues.  Changing names and very little if any documentation.  

    What I know - Michael Kalimon (great grandfather) came to the US from the Ukraine- at least that is what we were told.  He lived in Lyndora, Butler PA and at the age of 22/23 died at the ARMCO steel factory from a workplace incident. My grandfather Micheal was only 4/5 and his sister was 1/2.  He tried for years to find a grave but apparently was buried in a potters grave.  His mother Martha Karlitsky remarried and died in 1928.  In finding a census they actually listed Ruthenian as their native tongue.  They also attended St. Micheals Greek Catholic Church ( Lyndora/Butler PA).  In talking with my aunt about Ruthenian- she was like YES that makes sense, he always referred to this Greek Catholic church and she really didn't know why.   I searched Lemko.org and not only is Kalimon -(Kalaman) on the list so if my other grandparents name Bobak (also emigrated to Butler PA, between 1880-1890.)

    I think I have been able to find Martha Karlitsky's emigration paperwork - but I am unable to find anything on my great grandfather at all.  I assume he came between 1880-1900 but nothing- also not even a death certificate.  

    Here is the link to my family tree- I just sent off for the ancestry DNA kit and should have the info in a few weeks.  I am at a complete loss on that side of the family- though super super excited to find out the Ruthenian connection and this forum.  https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/171166122/family?cfpid=342226223177

    Any thoughts or ideas on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated!  I am hoping that somewhere out there another Kalimon has done the DNA test and we are connected via ancestry. 

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